「Gundam AGEII Magnum SV ver.」 piloted by Kujo Kyoya in 『Gundam Build Divers』 gets a gunpla kit with a scale of 1/144(HG). Currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
A TV anime adaption of "Kemono Jihen", a manga serialized in "Jump SQ.", will be broadcast in 2021. The key visual with the protagonist Kabane and other characters and additional cast members, including Ono Daisuke and Hanazawa Kana, have been announced. "Kemono Jihen" is originally a manga serialized in "Jump SQ." by Aimoto Shou. Since ancient times, "Kemono" (monsters) lived in this world interacting with people without being detected. This is a story of the strange fate of the half-human half-monster boy. The additional cast members are Ono Daisuke as Mihai, Hanazawa Kana as Inari, Hanamori Yumiri as Kon, and Shimono Hiro as Nobimaru. The TV anime "Kemono Jihen" will be broadcast in 2021. Details of the broadcast date is yet to be decided. (C)Aimoto Shou / Shueisha, "Kemono Jihen" Production Committee
The voice actress, Hanamori Yumiri will graduated from her role as Itsumura Haruka in the Media Mix Project, 「Re:STAGE!」 due to "Patellar Dislocation and Meniscus injury".
The smartphone RPG of "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?" (abbreviated as DanMachi) called “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Memoria Freese” is collaborating with "Strike the Blood IV" (abbreviated as StriBlo) from March 25 to April 29, 2021. “DanMachi" is an otherworldly fantasy, and "StriBlo" is a modern school fantasy, so it could be said that the worlds are far apart, but "we have a lot in common," says "DanMachi" author Oomori Fujino. The scenario written jointly by Oomori-sensei and Mikumo-sensei, the original author of "StriBlo," is a valuable story that makes full use of these "common points. I interviewed both authors directly to find out what they have in common, how the collaboration came about, and their impressions of each other's works. This is the first part of a two-part series. In this first part, which is "spoiler-free", we asked both authors about their impressions of each other and how the collaboration came about, without getting into the heart of the story. [Interview and text by Yoneda Kaori]. ■What is it like to mingle at a barbecue with other authors of light novels? Talking about their impressions of each other's works. --Before we talk about the collaboration, how did you two get to know each other in the first place? Mikumo: There was a time when light novel authors would get together for a barbecue once or twice a year, and I got to talk with Omori-sensei a few times. Actually, the barbecue was held in Omori-sensei's hometown. Oomori: When I first heard about it from the senior writers, I exclaimed, "Oh, it's five minutes from my parents' house! I exclaimed. They said, "Well, you should come! That's how I came to participate. Mikumo: Omori-sensei always brings us good meat and alcohol. I really appreciate it! Oomori: My father said, "Take it! He was so happy... (lol) --Did you originally meet each other after knowing each other's works? What did you talk about when you first met? Mikumo: Omori-sensei has been very popular since his debut, so of course I was familiar with his works. I've also enjoyed reading "DanMachi", so as a reader, I was honored to meet him! I remember how nervous I was. (lol) Oomori: Thank you very much...! Mikumo-sensei was kind and friendly from the first time I met him. His stories were unique and made me laugh, and I remember being impressed by how nice he was. --So what were your impressions of each other's work? Oomori: I had the impression that Mikumo-sensei's works had a solid setting and worldview, with foreshadowing from the very first volume, and the more I read, the more I became involved. Also, the characters are very cute. --Mikumo-sensei, you said that you enjoyed reading "DanMachi", what do you find attractive about it? Mikumo: The way the writing attracts the reader and the careful way the characters are developed. I'm impressed every time I read a volume. Oomori: Thank you very much. It's not often that we get the chance to talk about our impressions of each other's work, so it's embarrassing (lol) ■"The collaboration was realized through "a common point.” --How did this collaboration come about? Oomori: I was approached by the production staff of "DanMemo". After reading all of the original novels, I thought, "Yes, we do have a lot in common. I had also met Mikumo-sensei at a barbecue, so I told him that I would love to work with him. --Mikumo-sensei, how did you feel when you were approached about the collaboration? Mikumo: Omori-sensei told me directly that he was working on a project like this, and at the time I thought, "No, you've got to be kidding! Oomori: It was while we were eating meat at a barbecue (lol) Mikumo: Yes, that's right. So I had already heard about it halfway through, and when I was officially told about it, I was surprised to hear that the project was going to be realized! --One of the things that we have in common is the voice actors. Some of them are the voice actors who appeared in the game. Hosoya Yoshimasa (Welf Crozzo in "DanMachi" and Akatsuki Kojyou in "StriBlo"), Hayama Ikumi (Naaza Erisuis in "DanMachi" and Kirasaka Sayaka in "StriBlo"), and others. Oomori: I've used voice actors in my previous collaborations, but this time I used more voice actors, probably more than ever before. I thought I was being too naughty when I wrote it, but I couldn't wait to hear it read with voices. ■Did it all start with Mikumo-sensei's love for Lefiya? The Secret Story of the Scenario's Creation --How did you go about creating the scenario? Oomori: Since we were collaborating together, I prepared a plot and rough story in advance and submitted it to Mikumo-sensei. We both worked on the adjustments and fleshing out of the story. --Mikumo-sensei, how did you feel when you read the plot written by Omori-sensei? Mikumo: It's no exaggeration to say that the plot was already complete at the plot stage, and Omori-sensei did a great job of creating it, and I read it with a grin from a user's perspective. I only reworked some of the characters' tone of voice. --I see. What were some of the difficulties and things you had to worry about? Mikumo: It probably took me a long time to decide which characters to introduce. Oomori: I had a lot of trouble with that. There are so many characters I like in "StriBlo" that at first I asked myself, "Why don't we include all the true ancestors except for Kojyou? but that was rejected because it would be too much to handle. (lol) --By the way, who is your favorite character? Oomori: I have a tendency to fall in love with the main character, and I really like Kojyou. On the other hand, I tend to be uncomfortable with twisted characters, and I actually had the impression that Sayaka was difficult to get to know at first. But as I continued reading, I came to love her. I also like La Folia. ...... There are so many fascinating characters that I had a real problem deciding. --I'm also curious about Mikumo-sensei's favorite character in "DanMachi". Mikumo: I like Lefiya. We discussed the characters that would appear in the capsule toy this time, and during the meeting, I asked him, "How about Lefiya?” Oomori: We immediately said, "Let's go with Lefiya! (lol) --So that's how it happened (lol). Didn't the interplay between your favorite characters get your writing juices flowing when you were writing the scenario? Oomori: Hosoya Yoshimasa is the voice actor for Kojyou and Welf, and I really wanted to see them interact. It was the biggest motivation for me when I was working on this scenario. When I saw the collaboration illustration of Kojyou, Yukina, and Welf together, I remember thinking, "This is the symbol of this collaboration!” --On the other hand, were there any characters that were difficult to get involved with? Oomori: There may not have been. When Kojyou tore up Lefiya's clothes at the beginning of the scenario, I felt like all the restrictions had disappeared. (lol) We had a lot of candidates for which characters we wanted to involve, but that scene really brought the characters closer together. It's all thanks to Mikumo-sensei's work on the "catching a glimpse of Lefiya"! Thank you very much! Mikumo: I didn't realize that that line of sight had that much of an effect. (lol) --If there are people who haven't played the first half of the scenario yet, I'm sure your interest has been piqued at once by the comment you just made. (lol) Finally, do you have a message for those who will be playing the game? Oomori: I think this is a scenario that can be enjoyed not only by "DanMachi" fans, but also by "StriBlo" fans. After all, the interplay between the characters is the main point of interest. The entire story is full of terrible ...... and wonderful dialogue, so please enjoy it until the end! Mikumo: I hope you'll enjoy the cast's passionate performances as well. ◆◆ ◆ The second part of the interview, "Spoiler Alert", will be released at a later date, and it will be a spoiler-filled interview about specific scenes, character descriptions, and other production secrets, so please look forward to it!
The serialized interview "Kotobuki Minako's Another Wonderland in the UK" delivers you the life of Kotobuki Minakosan, who currently lives in the UK, through her own words. In the last interview, the UK had just lifted the 2nd lockdown, but since they went right back to tear 4 (the highest alert level), they had to lockdown again. We asked her about the situation in the UK and how she spent Christmas under those conditions. Also, when it comes to the end of the year in Japan, "Kouhaku Uta Gassen" comes into our minds. So we asked her about the musicians who have influenced Kotobuki-san and the songs that support her through life in the UK. In this 11th interview, we will be looking back at Kotobuki-san's life in the UK through the photos she had taken. We talked about the rare scenery of London with snow, Burns Night she said "was the most fun event of January", and even closed in on the bittersweet Valentine's episode from childhood! [Interviewed and written by Yoneda Kaori] ■Secrets behind the music video of her latest song "Scramble Days"! Why did she only have one chance to record the song? ―― It's 4:00 p.m. in Japan and it's still bright outside, but your background is pitch black. Kotobuki: It's 7:00 a.m. over here in the UK. The sunrise in winter in the UK is really late, so I don't get that morning feeling when I wake up. ―― The other day, you showed how it was snowing in the UK on your blog and YouTube. I'm guessing it's quite chilly over there. Kotobuki: It's really cold. But the snow from the other day is a very rare scene in London. I heard it's been 2 or 3 years since the last time it snowed! ―― How was the month of January to you? Kotobuki: We entered the 3rd lockdown right after New Year's, but school started online and I've had a lot of work to do. Fortunately, it was a fulfilling month. ―― It looks like it's getting brighter outside your window. Kotobuki: Oh, you're right! I love the morning in the UK. It's usually cloudy in the afternoon but the morning is often nice and sunny. Can you see the light gradually spreading? (as she points the camera towards the light) It's another sunny morning! ―― That's so beautiful! Kotobuki: I always feel like I'm in the savanna when I see the sunrise (laughs). ―― That reminds me of the latest song of Sphere, "Scramble Days" released on February 15. Your background was the dim garden. Kotobuki: That's right! The sun goes down early in the winter in the UK... It was only 4:00 p.m. when I shot the video and it was already getting dark. By the time I decided to shoot in the garden, it started to get dark, so I had only one chance to get the shooting before it became really dark. ―― So that's why it was so dark! Anyway, let's look back at your busy January through the photos you took. ■Looking back at Burns Night, "the most fun event of January" ―― Is this beret from Burns Night you posted on your blog? Kotobuki: Yes, it is! It was the most fun event of January. ―― I heard that Burns Nights is the day you celebrate the birth and poems of the Sottish poet, Robert Burns. What exactly did you do? Kotobuki: Probably those who don't know are going like, "Who's Robert Burns?" (laughs). I looked him up and was surprised that he's the lyric writer of the original tune of "Hotaru no Hikari". Usually, people eat traditional Scottish dishes, read poems by Burns, and dance, but this year, it was my host family and me celebrating indoors. ―― Was the beret a trademark of Burns? Kotobuki: No, it's nothing like that (laughs). My host mother bought it for me, probably because Scotland is famous for its tartan check and was an item easy to incorporate into fashion. It's called the royal tartan and it's the most famous tartan check since the royal family uses it. I hear it's common to be used for the family crest in Scotland and they all have different patterns. I was wearing a light blue check skirt I happen to have, but it might have been someone's family crest (laughs). ―― That's quite interesting. Are these photos of sweets related to Burns Night, too? Kotobuki: This is a dessert that uses well-known products from Scotland like raspberries and oats called "cranachan". I had some "haggis", which is boiled sheep's pluck encased in the sheep's stomach, and the cranachan took the edge off of it making it nice and mild. →Next Page: "I miss XX..." What is the Japanese thing that Kotobuki Minako craves so much? ―― Next is another tasty-looking photo. It also has a cute look. Kotobuki: I know, right? My host mother made this for me. It's a tart with cream of exquisite sweetness and fruits on top, and it tasted amazing. ―― Is the next photo chocolate from Valentine's Day? Kotobuki: I had the opportunity to collect chocolate for work, and this is one of the chocolates I bought. When I first saw it, it looked so delicious I immediately shared it with my friend and said I'd send it when I bought it, but the expiry date was so short that I had to eat it myself so I shared it with my host family when watching movies and studying and safely ate it all up (laughs). ―― Are there any chocolate shops in the UK you would recommend? Kotobuki: My favorite would be "Hotel Chocolat". I even bought their Advent calendar last year. Their chocolate tea is also delicious. ―― Next is the photo of some seafood. You're famous for your love for noodles, but I think many of the photos you've shown us are fresh fish. Kotobukiya: You may be right. I do eat meat with my host family but when I cook for myself on weekdays, I usually choose between vegetables and fish. Sashimi in the UK is surprisingly tasty and now I love fish even more than when I was in Japan. ―― You must have more opportunities to cook. Kotobuki: I used to eat out a lot back in Japan, but I've been cooking a lot since coming to the UK. I also haven't been leaving home so I'm not really tired and that's another reason I chose fish because it's healthy and tasty. ―― You seem to be really enjoying the food over there. Do you ever miss Japanese food? Kotobuki: I want to eat raw egg on rice! But people don't eat raw eggs in the UK, and once I got food poisoning from a half-cooked egg. I've been gathering information from Japanese people living in the UK and tried different eggs. Well, I don't want to get food poisoning so I really haven't been able to try many out. I miss eating raw egg on rice in Japan (laughs). ―― Speaking of food, you mentioned on your blog that you got excited about "Jiichirou"'s Baumkuchen. Kotobuki: It may sound exaggerating, but it was like opening a treasure chest that I've hidden underground for a long time (laughs). There are many Japanese sweets shops in the UK, but it's hard to find that gentle feeling of Jiichirou. With one bite, my memories with Jiichirou flashed back in my mind, and my body immediately reacted saying, "It's delicious!" and "This is what I've been waiting for!" ■Closing in on a bittersweet Valentine's episode from childhood! ―― Unlike Japan, in the UK, Valentine's Dy is the day men express their love to women. Since the UK is "the land of gentlemen", I imagine Valentine's presents to be classy and exquisite. Kotobuki: Usually, the whole city is decorated in Valentine's style, but since we're under lockdown, it's the same as the Valentine's section in Japanese supermarkets. I heard roses, chocolate, and a card are basic presents. ―― There's even the saying, "English gentlemen", so could you tell us an episode where you felt that men in the UK are actually gentlemen? Kotobuki: They almost always let me go first at escalators and doors. Also, well this isn't only men in the UK, but I bumped into a scene which I thought was really nice. The post office currently has a limit of how many people can enter, so we have to wait in line for an hour every time we visit. There was only one woman at the counter working really hard, and the man in front of me started to get frustrated from the long wait. In Japan, I remember seeing a person lashing out their frustration on the clerk, but this time, when the man's turn came around, he greeted the clerk saying, "How are you?" I thought it was gentlemanly of him to calm himself down in order to keep a good relation. It's not something easy to do. The scene made me feel good so I also greeted the clerk saying, "How are you?" (laughs). ―― That's a wonderful episode. It makes me want to live with a relaxed mind. Back to Valentine's, tell us a memory of yours related to Valentine's. Kotobuki: To me, Valentine's day is "Sphere's Anniversary". Sphere was formed on February 15, 2009. We had an event called "Chocolate Festival" on that day and announced the formation of Sphere. We gave message cards with chocolates to the fans that came to Hama-rikyu (the venue of the event). It's something we can't do these days, so it's a really special memory to me. ―― Are there any bittersweet episodes? Kotobuki: That would the Valentine's when I was a kindergartener. I gave a whole bunch of chocolate to everyone. It was because I was in love with everyone (laughs). Anyway, there was a boy that I got interested in after Valentine's, so I told my mother I wanted to give him some chocolate and made some chocolate for him with the kit from Apollo Chocolate. ...now that I think of it I was quite advanced for my age (laughs). ―― (laughs). Was the boy pleased when you gave him chocolate? Kotobuki: I don' remember how he reacted when I gave him the chocolate, but he did give me a present in return. It was a cute exchange. ―― For the girls, trading presents is one of the best parts of Valentine's, wasn't it? Kotobuki: I went to a girls' school, so no one cared about how the chocolate looked, so we brought them to school directly in plastic containers. A common sight at a girls' school (laughs). ―― Since you mentioned Sphere, tell us the best parts of the latest song, "Scrambled Days". Kotobuki: We made the song wishing to deliver the message, just as the title says, "our days go by with good, bad, and everything 'scrambled' together." So we had our fans join in on making the jacket and music video, creating one piece of art. "Scramble Days" Jacket I believe we've created a miraculous tune. I hope the song will help everyone move a step forward, even if it's a small step. Please enjoy the song. ―― Thank you!
The "Monogatari" series by Isin Nisio, which has been published by Kodansha BOX since 2006, is a fantasy novel about the main protagonist, Araragi Koyomi and his encounters with multiple "oddities."
The series has gained its popularity for combining various romance, comedy, and battle elements along with its charming characters .
The "Monogatari" series is now available in audiobook format on "Audible" by Amazon.
"Audible" hosts audio content (such as books)read by professional narrators and voice actors .
Voice actors of the anime series will be in charge of reading the "Monogatari" series on Audible starting from the first part of the series .
Therefore, this time, Kamiya Hiroshi (as Araragi Koyomi in the anime) read the first volume of "Bakemonogatari" ("Hitagi Crab" arc, "Mayo Snail" arc), and the second volume of "Bakemonogatari" ("Tsubasa Cat" edition)) was read by Saito Chiwa (Senjogahara Hitagi in the anime).
We talked with them about the appeal points of Bakemonogatari that can only be conveyed through voice acting,, the fun and difficulty of expressing Isin Nisio-san's unique style of writing with "voice", and the life of voice actors during the coronavirus crisis.
[Interview / text = Kazu SP, shooting = Ayumi Fujita]
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It has been about 14 years since the TV anime "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" was broadcast. The popularity of the profound storyline and fascinating characters has not waned, and the movie "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection" released in 2019 performed well, earning over 1 billion JPY at the box office. On December 5, Lelouch's birthday, the "Code Geass Next 10 years Project" was announced, depicting the world after "Resurrection". First of all, "Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE", the first smartphone app game in the "Code Geass" series, will be released in 2021. In addition, "Code Geass: Z of the Recapture" will be produced as a new anime. How do the creator of "Code Geass", director Taniguchi Goro, and screenwriter Ookouchi Ichirou, envision the next 10 years? We asked them about the past and future of "Code Geass," including the story behind the TV series, and their thoughts on the work. [Interview and text by Hashibiroko]. The significance of depicting the story after "Resurrection" From the very beginning, "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" was intended to be a long-term project. That's why, Taniguchi-san says, he was conscious of creating a story that would work even if the times changed. What was important in "Code Geass" was not "when to make it" but "what to make". I created the basic structure of the story from a broad perspective, not too much in line with the real world, so that it would be applicable in any era. However, it is thanks to Sunrise producer Taniguchi (Koujiro) and the rest of the staff that the work has lasted this long. In fact, after the broadcast of "Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2" ended, I was afraid of wearing out the whole series. This would lead to a different outcome from the initial request to me, which was to create a work that could be made into a continuing series. In other words, the project would fail. To avoid that, I asked to look for new possibilities to expand the world of "Code Geass". There are derivative works of "Code Geass", but until now, the story has basically been a link between the first season and "R2". According to Ookouchi-san, it is "like the 'Gundam' series that depicts the Universal Century." For this reason, it was created in a way that did not deviate from the worldview established by Taniguchi-san and Ookouchi-san. Ookouchi-san believes that "Code Geass" allows for freedom of thought by its creators, but he recalls that there must have been an invisible barrier for the work that depicts the timeline in between. "'Code Geass: Akito the Exiled' was a work that was positioned between the first season and 'R2,' which may have put director Akane (Kazuki) in a tight spot. However, with 'Lelouch of the Resurrection,' the story revolving around Lelouch had come to an end, and now there is a whole new plain to explore. I'm happy that the new staff can finally create without restrictions. The new staff may feel uneasy about the lack of constraints, but I hope they will be able to create freely.". For the app game "Genesic Re;CODE" and the new animation "Z of the Recapture", Taniguchi-san and Ookouchi-san are in charge of general supervision. Taniguchi says that his basic policy is to avoid making restrictions as much as possible. "I think it would be difficult to depict the world after 'Resurrection' with a free hand, so I first told them about the changes in social structure and direction. But I left it up to them to decide whether they wanted to adopt my ideas as they were or to make further arrangements. I'm intending not to say no to the finished product unless it deviates too much from the project. For example, if we feature too much of a specific nation, ethnic group, or religion, it will not be 'Code Geass' anymore. As long as that's not the case, it's basically OK." "I don't care if Arthur becomes overpowered." Before this interview, Mr. Taniguchi was checking out the development screen of "Genetic Re;CODE". The first thing he felt when he saw the screen was "a tickling in the heart". "When I saw the screen, I felt a tickling in my heart," Taniguchi-san said, "because all the characters from the previous 'Code Geass' games were gathered together on one screen. It was similar to the feeling I had when I first played a game I was involved with in the "Super Robot Wars" series. As the person who launched 'Code Geass', I felt like a parent watching over their child as they leave the nest. I enjoy watching the process and results of the app development team as they enjoy making 'Code Geass'." "Genesic Re;CODE" also features characters from the previous "Code Geass" series, such as Lelouch, Suzaku, and Akito. Ookouchi-san expressed his hopes for the app development team, saying, "I hope you will move Lelouch and his friends without any constraint." "I don't want the production team to be shy of making Lelouch do new things from the fear of offending the original creators. I don't want him to be treated with kid goloves. I want people to be free to use existing characters as long as it makes the game itself more interesting. Of course, it's a prerequisite that their characterizations are preserved, but I welcome the unexpected emotional expressions, such as when Mirei is messing with Lelouch. I'd also like to see a lot of surprising uses of Geass." Director Taniguchi also respects the ideas of the development team as well. "I'm looking forward to seeing the new fun that will come from other people's interpretations of our work. It's okay if Arthur the cat becomes overly strong by some mistake. I'll gladly accept the fact that the development team has decided to play with the characters that way." They have previously released "Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion: Lost Colors" for PS2 and PSP and "Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2: The Geass Theater on the Board" for Nintendo DS, but this will be the first release of an app game. Taniguchi-san said that he feels there are possibilities in the way of development that only a smartphone app can offer. Taniguchi-san said, "With a smartphone app, you don't have to release it once and be done with it; you can keep updating it over the years. We can divide the episodes into seasons, or we can develop the story in a larger flow. Looking at the development process, I am relieved to see that it is going to be a very interesting work. The only drawback is that I'll have to play more app games every day (lol)." Ookouchi-san, on the other hand, had high hopes for the real-time excitement like a serialized manga. "I want people to get excited about it with their friends, just as they do with serialized manga and weekly anime broadcasts. I think the app has something fun that everyone can enjoy together, like 'What's going to happen next week?' I think the app has the fun of being able to enjoy it with everyone. Unlike TV, there are no regional differences in broadcasting stations, and you can watch the same thing at the same time anywhere in Japan. It's really wonderful. In the case of animation, both TV and theatrical versions are completed before they are shown to the audience, so it is impossible to change the development depending on the response. But with the smartphone app, we can reflect the feedback of the users as we create the app, so I think there is a possibility that we can continue the app in both directions for a long time." Genesic Re;CODE" drawn by a light novelist In "Genesic Re;CODE," you can look back on past "Code Geass" titles and also enjoy new scenarios. The writing team consists of several writers who are active in light novels. It was Ookouchi-san's proposal that led to the offer of a novelist instead of an anime scriptwriter. "When I went from being a novelist to an anime scriptwriter, I had a hard time. Anime scenarios are supposed to be visualized. Since images, music, voices, etc. are added to the story written in text, the amount of information assumed is several times greater. So, if it takes five pages in a novel to make the protagonist's anger boil over, in an anime it is possible to raise the tension in just a few seconds with the help of music. When I wrote my first anime script, 'Turn A Gundam', I didn't understand the difference between anime and novels, so the director, Tomino Yoshiyuki was often angry at me and said to me, 'You're too slow!' I can see now that what I was writing at that time was not a script but a novel. This app is a text adventure, so I basically needed to convey the fun of the game through text alone. I thought that a novelist would be more suitable than an anime scriptwriter. The abundance of talent in the light novel industry was another reason for my recommendation. Compared to anime scriptwriters, the entrance to debut and the opportunities for success are much wider, which is a wonderful enviornment. By the way, I never imagined that such a gorgeous group of people would gather here. I can only express my gratitude to the staff who gathered them together, and to the writers who took on the task. That's why I always look forward to reading what has been written myself." Changes in anime fans and the direction of "Code Geass" Another highlight of the "Code Geass Next 10 years Project" is the new animation "Z of the Recapture". Compared to 15 years ago when the first season was broadcasted, Taniguchi-san says that the demand from anime fans has changed drastically. "I feel that the way audiences perceive animation has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, and that there is a growing demand for works that are exciting even in a short period of time. In other words, there is a need to create content that can reach a wider audience and is easy to understand. However, this trend is not limited to animation. The same is true for dramas and comedy. One-shot performances are selling by leaps and bounds more than properly put together comedies. Of course, there are audiences who enjoy a profound story, but that is no longer the majority. If you want to entertain your customers exactly the way you want them to, a format that allows them to switch their minds and concentrate on the show, like a movie or a video streaming site like Netflix, is more suitable. It will be necessary to switch between the two types of enjoyment depending on the project." Taniguchi-san also said that Japanese animation development is becoming divided into domestic and international. What kind of development is he expecting for "Z of the Recapture"? "I would like to see the whole 'Code Geass' series, not just the 'Z of the Recapture', be developed for the domestic market first. It's difficult to make a business out of animation with just software, so we need to develop multiple aspects such as three-dimensional products and applications in parallel. First of all, I want you to make sure that we clear the Japanese market. After that, we will expand our business to the overseas markets such as Asia and North America, as we have done with the 'Code Geass' series so far. There are many opinions about the recent development of the animation business, but I personally do not see anything wrong with it. In fact, Japan and the U.S. are the only countries where the private sector is involved in the animation business. In most other countries, the budget is provided as a government project, which makes it difficult to create a diversity of works because the government's policy is involved. In contrast, Japanese animation is independent, just like in the U.S., so it is free to create and earn money. For this reason, I personally believe that a business perspective is essential for anyone who makes commercial animation in Japan." I'm glad that people love my works and fragments. "Code Geass" has become a long-lasting piece of content, just as it was intended to be when it was first launched. When I asked Taniguchi-san about the moment when he felt "loved" by the fans, he replied with an answer unique to the anime industry. "When voice actors Shimazaki Nobunaga and Murase Ayumi, who appeared in 'Lelouch of the Resurrection', as well as other new staff members, said, 'I used to watch Code Geass!' I felt that the work was loved by the audience. It's a complicated feeling to feel the flow of the times, but it's not an unpleasant feeling. If they became interested in the creating side after watching 'Code Geass' and came to the animation industry, I'm happy that I was able to contribute to the industry in some way." When asked why "Code Geass" has become a work that is loved by people of all ages, Taniguchi-san said, "To be honest, I don't know yet," revealing an episode from the time of the TV series production. "'Code Geass' is a work that incorporates many different elements, but I don't know which specific elements were accepted by the audience. All I can say is that we were desperately working on the anime. While I was working on the TV anime, I had no idea how the audience would react. I was so busy working at the studio that I couldn't even go to the preview of the 24th and 25th episodes of the first series. There were times when I was worried that maybe it wasn't going to work. That's why the contribution of the sales staff at the time, who were involved in the work but could take a step back and analyze it, was so important." I wanted to write a work in which I could play a leading role. For Ookouchi-san, "'Code Geass' is still my favorite work, and it is an important work that we all created together." As a screenwriter, there are certain points that he likes about it. "In 'Code Geass', I like the fact that the main character doesn't just ride a robot. I've always liked characters who think and are strong rather than characters who fight and are strong. However, in robot anime, the main character riding a robot and fighting is the best part of the story. Ever since I was a child, I have had mixed feelings about whether the person who wins first prize in the running race would also be the main character in the anime world (lol). If a person who uses their brain and is good at thinking can also be the best in the world of anime, it would be such a wonderful thing. That's why I'm very happy to be able to portray a hero like Lelouch who fights with his brains. In 'Code Geass', there is room for someone like me who is weak in fighting to play an active role. I'd love to recommend this anime to my childhood self, who thought I couldn't play a leading role. At the script meeting, we dealt with several stories at the same time. This meant that they had to go back to previous episodes and revise lines, or add episodes themselves to make the story even more exciting. "Some of them were written in one night," recalls Ookouchi-san. "The seventh episode of the first season ("Shoot Cornelia") was not in the composition. But then a new enemy named Cornelia would appear, and they would lose the first battle. Such a character would not be scary as an enemy in the second half. So, before episode 8 ("The Black Knights"), I put in a story to show Cornelia's strength. That way, the story of Lelouch starting the Black Order would be more convincing. So I asked the producer, Kawaguchi Yoshitaka, to let me add episode 7 because I would write it in one day, and I wrote it all night." "Code Geass" started from a losing battle Taniguchi-san and Ookouchi-san have worked together on a number of works since their first collaboration on the science fiction anime "Planetes" broadcast in 2003. "Director Taniguchi and I are comrades, but the first battle we fought together was a losing battle. Our first collaboration, 'Planetes', turned out to be a wonderful work that I'm still proud of, and the staff felt very fulfilled. But compared to other Sunrise works at the time, there was a huge gap in sales. In reality, 'Planetes' didn't do badly at all, and was in the black, but at the time I felt a sense of defeat on my own. I think of a scriptwriter as a kind of chief of operations to the work. For 'Planetes', there were many wonderful people who worked on it, including Taniguchi-san, who would later work with me on 'Code Geass', as well as Senba Yuriko, Nakata Eiji, Maruta Kazuya, and many others, but it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. It was very frustrating to see those people not get the recognition they deserved. That's why I wanted to make the upcoming 'Code Geass' a winning battle. I wanted to shout, 'My comrades and Taniguchi Goro are so amazing!'" Director Taniguchi, on the other hand, spoke of the trust that has been built up through their long relationship. "Talking about Ookouchi-san is like one half of a comic duo evaluating the other. If I may venture to say so , with mad respect for his abilities, Okochi Ichirou and Taniguchi Goro probably have different goals. But as long as they are on the ship 'Code Geass', they are moving in the same direction. That's why there are no conflicts and I can trust him." ◆◆◆ When I asked for a final message to the "Code Geass" fans, both of them expressed their gratitude without hesitation, saying, "Thank you so much for your support." Ookouchi-san added, "Both the app and the new anime have been created by talented people who love the 'Code Geass' franchise. I'm sure everyone will be happy, and I myself am looking forward to the completion." Director Taniguchi made a meaningful comment, "Lelouch's story has come to an end with 'Resurrection', but that doesn't mean that Lelouch won't appear in the future." "I think I've done all I can with the story centering on Lelouch. I'm looking forward to seeing how other people will discover new ways to play around with 'Code Geass' in the future," he said, giving us hope that the game will continue to expand. The two projects in the "Code Geass Next 10 years Project" are sure to be enjoyed by fans of the first series, as well as those who started with the app and new anime. Let's keep an eye out for further news.
"Seiyuu Grandprix" April Issue was released on March 10, 2021. The cover featured Kayano Ai, who celebrates her 10th anniversary as a voice actress this year. The appendix is the magazine's famous "Voice Actor List 2021" on the male section. The "Voice Actor List" first appeared in this magazine in 2001, which is 20 years ago. At that time, there was only a total of 145 male voice actors. The latest list in 2021, featured a total of 607 people, which is 4 times of the initial list. The total for both males and females is a total of 1,562 people. The "Voice Actor List 2021 Male Section" has a gorgeous specification as it has a total of 60 full-colored pages along with the profile of the 607 people, like their photo, representative work, birthday, place of birth, hobbies, and interests. The cast members of "Jujutsu Kaisen", "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", and "Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-" are included in the list. The cover and head article of the April issue is Kayano Ai, who celebrates her 10th anniversary as a voice actress this year. Other than that, there will be an article on the voice actor, such as Kamiya Hiroshi, Ono Daisuke with Shimono Hiro, Sakuma Daisuke (Snow Man) with Sugita Tomokazu, and others. "Seiyuu Grandprix" April Issue is priced at 1,480 JPY (tax included), and it was released on March 10, 2021.
The key visual and new casts for the TV anime "Horimiya", broadcast scheduled to be on January 2021, have been announced. It was decided that Yamashita Daiki, Fukuyama Jun, Yashiro Taku, and others will appear. Also, it was also revealed that the ABEMA special program featuring the 9 casts and advanced screening event will be held in December 2020. "Horimiya" is based on Hagiwara Daisuke's manga that is adapted from the web manga "Hori-san to Miyamura-kun" by HERO. The popular girl in class, Hori and gloomy boy, Miyamura encounter each other in school... The story depicts the super bittersweet school life that is filled with romance, friendship, and youth. It was announced that Yamashita Daiki, Fukuyama Jun, Chiba Shouya, and others will be the additional cast. Yamashita will be voicing Iura Shu, Fukuyama will be voicing Yanagi Akane, Yashiro will be voicing Shindou Kouichi, and Chiba will be voicing Tanihara Makio. The appearance of Asakura Momo, Ono Daisuke, Kayano Ai, Terasaki Yuka, and Kanemoto Hisako were also announced. The advanced screening even that allowed you to catch a glimpse of the TV anime "Horimiya" earlier will be held on December 11 and 27 in nationwide Animate. Not only will you be able to watch the first 2 episodes, but you can also watch special footage featuring Tomatsu Haruka (voice of Hori Kyouko), Uchiyama Kouki (voice of Miyamura Izumi), and others. Also, "'Horimiya' Super Bittersweet ABEMA Special Program #3" featuring 9 casts, including Uchiyama Kouki, and Yamashita Seiichirou (voice of Ishikawa Tooru), will be broadcast on December 21. It will be a 2-hour special program prior the TV broadcast. The broadcast of TV anime "Horimiya" will start from January 10, 2021, on TOKYO MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, BS11, and other channels. ◆TV Anime "Horimiya" Broadcast start from January 10, 2021 at 12:30 AM on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, BS11/ 2:08 AM on MBS Every Sunday! Streaming is also available on ABEMA and other streaming websites! Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, BS11: 12:30 AM MBS: 2:08 AM *Kindly be informed that the broadcast timing is subjected to be changed due to the program structure. （C）HERO, Hagiwara Daisuke／SQUARE ENIX, "Horimiya" Production Committee
It has been decided that the anime of the light novel "The Low Tier Character 'Tomozaki-kun'" with has exceed 1 million copies, will be broadcast from Jan. 2021. The key visual of the anime has been revealed as well. "The Low Tier Character 'Tomozaki-kun'" is based on the light novel by Yaku Yuuki, and it has ranked in the top 10 of "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (Bunko Category)" (This Light Novel is Amazing [Paperbook Category]) for four consecutive years. Tomozaki Fumiya is a prominent gamer in Japan but is actually a loner high school student. With his motto "Life is a bad game", he encountered the academy's perfect heroine, Hinami Aoi. Is life a bad game or a great game? Under the guidance of Hinami, the low tier character starts to conquer his life! The key visual depicts the gathering of the main characters, including Tomozaki with Oomiya, Saitama, the setting of the work, as the background. The cast has already been announced. Satou Gen will voice Tomozaki Fumiya, the main protagonist, Kanemoto Hisako will voice Hinami Aoi, the heroine, Hasegawa Ikumi will voice Nanami Minami, Kayano Ai will voice Kikuchi Fuuka, Shimazaki Nobunaga will voice Mizusawa Takahiro, and others. Regarding other detailed information, it will be announced on the official website and other websites soon. TV anime "The Low Tier Character 'Tomozaki-kun'" will be broadcast from Jan. 2021. （C）Yaku Yuuki, Shogakukan／"The Low Tier Character 'Tomozaki-kun'" Production Committee
It turns out that voice actor・Kayano Ai will perform on 4th title of ASMR voice work series "NEKOGURASHI.", "NEKOGURASHI. SHAMUNEKO MUSUME TO IYASHI NO DARAKE" . She plays the role of a calm older female Siamese cat, who speaks slowly and is an expert at healing. "NEKOGURASHI." is a series of voice works merging storyline centered on "ASMR" where people feel by hearing and visual stimulation., and it has been downloaded more than 14,000 since its release on Jun 15, 2020. The scenario describes cats with various characteristics that serve at the Japanese Hotel Nekomeikan located between this world and another world. This series has been performed by gorgeous voice actresses starting with Uesaka Sumire, who performed the Calico cat on the 1st title, Taketatsu Ayana who performed the White cat on the 2nd title and Aida Rikako who performed the Black cat on the 3rd title. The Siamese cat on the 4th title, which Kayano Ai plays the role of, is a calm and older female cat character. She speaks gently and slowly, and likes to live in idleness, which makes her an expert of healing. You should be healed by her signature phrase "At first.....how should I make you feel good.......?" "NEKOGURASHI. SHAMUNEKO MUSUME TO IYASHI NO DARAKE" performed by Kayano Ai is priced at 1980 JPY(tax included), and is available on "DLsite Dojin" from Jul 6, 2020. ”NEKOGURASHI” has 7 titles and is going to be delivered continuously on every Monday. We should pay attention to the characters and who performes their voice on the next 3 titles.
The outline and advance cut-scenes of episode 12 (final episode) "Suppose a kid from the last dungeon boonies got used to life in a starter town?" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" (known as LastDun), broadcast on March 22, 2021 (Monday), have been released. "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" is based on the light novel published by GA Bunko that has exceeded 1.5 million copies in circulation. This is a fantasy story depicting the unconscious, growth, and misunderstandings of the young boy Lloyd. Despite the opposition of the residents, he travels out from his hometown that is close to the human-demon border to become a soldier of the city. The title of episode 12 (final episode) is "Suppose a kid from the last dungeon boonies got used to life in a starter town?". The match to celebrate the friendship between Azami and Jiou has finally started. However, prior to the match, Sou, the self-proclaimed king of Jiou, had proposed an alliance with the king of Azami to take over the world. After the king of Azami rejected the offer, Eug releases monsters in the stadium causing all the audiences to be hostages. While Riho and the others are struggling to stop the monster, Sou and Shouma have another objective other than the alliance... Episode 12 (final episode) "Suppose a kid from the last dungeon boonies got used to life in a starter town?" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" has been broadcast on March 22, 2021 (Monday) on AT-X, TOKYO MX, BS11, and other channels. (C) Satou Toshio/SoftBank Creative／LastDun Production Committee
The outline and advance cut-scenes of episode 11 "Suppose the villain starts appearing on and off like the middle part of a movie?" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" (known as LastDun), broadcast on March 15, 2021 (Monday), have been released. "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" is based on the light novel published by GA Bunko that has exceeded 1.5 million copies in circulation. This is a fantasy story depicting the unconscious, growth, and misunderstandings of the young boy Lloyd. Despite the opposition of the residents, he travels out from his hometown that is close to the human-demon border to become a soldier of the city. The title of episode 11 is "Suppose the villain starts appearing on and off like the middle part of a movie?". If Vritra continues to maintain in the current state, Alka will be unable to control her power and the seal of the demon lord, who is resting in the inner part of the last dungeon, will be undone. In order to prevent that from happening, Lloyd and the others headed toward the last dungeon to perform the ritual to revive Vritra. Before Vritra is fully revived, Alka's power is sealed, and Eug showed an interest in the practice match in the capital of Azami. Episode 11 "Suppose the villain starts appearing on and off like the middle part of a movie?" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" has been broadcast on March 15, 2021 (Monday) on AT-X, TOKYO MX, BS11, and other channels. (C) Satou Toshio/SoftBank Creative／LastDun Production Committee
The outline and advance cut-scenes of episode 10 "Suppose someone suggested taking a short trip to Neverland, or something impossible like that?" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" (known as LastDun), broadcast on March 8, 2021 (Monday), have been released. "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" is based on the light novel published by GA Bunko that has exceeded 1.5 million copies in circulation. This is a fantasy story depicting the unconscious, growth, and misunderstandings of the young boy Lloyd. Despite the opposition of the residents, he travels out from his hometown that is close to the human-demon border to become a soldier of the city. The title of episode 10 is "Suppose someone suggested taking a short trip to Neverland, or something impossible like that?". In order to revive the guardian beast of Kunlun, Vritra, Lloyd and his companions headed to the legendary town "Kunlun", which is Lloyd's hometown that is located before the "last dungeon". On the way, they were joined up by the Dwarf King Yug, then when they arrived at the town, the thing they saw is the abnormal lifestyle... At the same time, the capital of Azami is rushing their preparation for the match with their rival country, Jiou Empire. Also, the special program "TV Anime 'Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town' Presents Suppose the Cast Members from the Currently Broadcasting Anime is Having a Special Program on ABEMA" featuring the cast members, such as Hioka Natsumi, has been decided. It was streamed on March 6, at 9:00 PM, on "ABEMA". The program features the appearance of Hioka Natsumi (voice of Alka), Asahina Madoka (voice of Selen), and Tsuchida Minami (voice of Riho) along with Yamazaki Haruka (the voice of Kikyou and the singer for the opening theme). Episode10 "Suppose someone suggested taking a short trip to Neverland, or something impossible like that?" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" has been broadcast on March 8, 2021 (Monday) on AT-X, TOKYO MX, BS11, and other channels. (C) Satou Toshio/SoftBank Creative／LastDun Production Committee
The outline and advanced cut-scenes of episode 9 "Suppose you visited an early dungeon but encountered three final bosses?" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town", broadcast on March 1, 2021 (Monday), have been released. "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" is based on the light novel published by GA Bunko that has exceeded 1.5 million copies in circulation. This is a fantasy story depicting the unconscious, growth, and misunderstandings of the young boy Lloyd. Despite the opposition of the residents, he travels out from his hometown that is close to the human-demon border to become a soldier of the city. The title of episode 9 is "Suppose you visited an early dungeon but encountered three final bosses?". A giant snake has appeared in the dungeon in the vicinity of the capital of Azami, and the candidates headed toward the dungeon to slay the giant snake upon the direct request of the king. Lloyd, who is not good with dungeons, went to slay it together with his friend as part of the training. At the same time, Alca and Mary also headed toward the dungeon along with Sou and Shouma, who wanted to slay the giant snake, but Mikona, who took a mysterious drug, is burning with fury toward Lloyd... Episode 9 "Suppose you visited an early dungeon but encountered three final bosses?" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" has been broadcast on March 1, 2021 (Monday) on AT-X, TOKYO MX, BS11, and other channels. (C) Satou Toshio/SoftBank Creative／LastDun Production Committee
The latest in the series, "Shinkansen Transformation Robo Shinkarion Z", is set to air on April 9, 2021. The main visual and the second PV have been released. The main cast will consist of Tsuda Minami, Kitou Akari, and Furuyama Jun. Comments from the cast have also arrived. The first TV anime was broadcast in January 2018, and the movie version was released in December 2019. "Shinkansen Transformation Robo Shinkarion Z" is the second in the series. The story is about children who become drivers of the Shinkansen Transforming Robo Shinkarion Z, which was developed by the Shinkansen Super Evolution Laboratory to protect Japan's peace and safety from a mysterious giant monster. In the main visual released this time, the new Shinkarions are seen for the first time, with the new robot "Shinkarion Z" transformed from a Shinkansen and the armed reinforced vehicle "Zailiner" transformed from a conventional train. The main cast consists of Tsuda Minami, known for her role as Funami Yui in "YuruYuri", as Arata Shin, the main character of the series and the self-proclaimed "man who challenges the mysteries of the world", and Kitou Akari, known for her role as Kamado Nezuko in "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba", as Usui Abuto, the other main character, who is an elementary school student with a genius brain and works as a mechanic at the Yokogawa Branch of the Shinkansen Super Evolution Laboratory. Fukuyama Juna, known for his role as Amamiya Ren in "PERSONA5 the Animation", will be playing the role of Sumat, the mysterious robot who acts as Abuto's partner. Furthermore, the production will continue from the first TV anime series and the movie version with Ikezoe Takahiro (SHOW BY ROCK! STARS! SD Gundam World Heroes") and Yamaguchi Kentaro Yamaguchi (Beyblade" series) as the new director, depicting the world several years after the previous series. The TV anime "Shinkansen Transformation Robo Shinkarion Z" will begin airing on April 9, 2021 (Fri.) at 7:25 p.m. on six TV Tokyo networks. (C) Project Shinkarion, JR-HECWK, Super Evolution Laboratory Z, TX
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「Gundam AGEII Magnum SV ver.」 piloted by Kujo Kyoya in 『Gundam Build Divers』 gets a gunpla kit with a scale of 1/144(HG). Currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
Movie “Kimetsu no Yaiba : Demon Slayer” Infinity Train arc decided to be released on 2020. The new teaser and visual has been released on the 2nd info.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.